Good news for long term care residents and family care partners! Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health updated public orders that impact family access to long term care facilities (as well as licensed supportive living facility or any residential facility offering hospice services). As of July 23, LTC residents can now designate two family/support persons who will be given “safe access” to facilities. This means families will be able to help care for residents indoors and have social visits with a large group outdoors, maybe even inside if the facility can accommodate it. You can read the public order here for more details.
In partnership with The Canadian Red Cross as well as our members, Dementia Network Calgary, Caregivers Alberta, and Alzheimer Society of Calgary, we are encouraging families to complete a free online Designated Family Care Partner PPE & IPAC Training Program. This will ensure designated support persons adhere to Safe Visiting Practices as outlined in the public order as well as being trained in, and practice, the appropriate use of PPE. Registration information will be available shortly.